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Mon 28 Nov 2011 16:00 BBC Radio 4

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 28 November 2011

Alan Smithee never directed a film in his life. He didn't even exist. Yet he has more films to his name than almost anyone. Andrew Collins looks back on the 40-year career of an extraordinary non-entity, a journey which lays bare a radical turning-point in the history of twentieth-century cinema.

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